Definition of underuse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈyo͞oz/
[with object] (usually as adjective underused)
Use (something) below the optimum level: the owner noted a lot of underused space in that garage
More example sentences
  • The council car park is an excellent but underused facility.
  • The trust claims both units are underused and costly to run but have not yet released detailed information about how much would be saved in closing the units.
  • What if a medication is underused or overused by the person for whom it's intended and there's a bad outcome?


Pronunciation: /ˌəndərˈyo͞os/
Insufficient use: underuse of existing services
More example sentences
  • If an auto tempts you then check it well, particularly on low-mileage examples, which can suffer more from underuse than overuse.
  • A lack of health knowledge has been associated with underuse of health care and with unhealthy behaviors, such as not using sun protection and engaging in unsafe sex practices.
  • The results also suggest that DTC [direct to consumer] advertising may have competing effects on quality, potentially averting underuse, while also promoting overuse.

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Syllabification: un·der·use

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